Questions 2022

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May

Hi Shaun,
I'm a 40 year old father and grew up reading your books in my teenage years.
I want to thank you for many years of enjoyment that I got from your work and the influence you had on my own written work at school and beyond. I was an only child and spent hours reading and collecting your books (while listening to classic rock) and there were a number of kids at my school that used to share books by yourself and other authors...I remember those days fondly. My mum was also a keen reader and took an interest in my selection and became a fan herself so that was also really cool to share that with her.
Anyway, enough praise!
My daughter is nearly 13 and showing some real promise with her written work and I would like to introduce her to your books, my only concern would be the sexual tone in some of your work as I think I was maybe a little older when I started to read your stuff....as a father yourself I'm sure you can relate.
Having said that, which book do you feel would be a good introduction to you as an author (and also the genre) from your extensive back catalogue?
Thanks for talking the time to read this email and I look forward to your response.
All the best.
Kevin

Hi Kevin,
Many thanks for the message and the kind words. It's great to know that you and your family have been so keen on my books over the years but I understand what you mean about letting your daughter read my stuff at 13. As you say I do indeed have a daughter of my own. I'm not sure I'd want her to read them now and she's 26 lol...
I agree that the sexual tone is probably more problematic even than the violent side. I was racking my brain to think if any of them contain less or no sex and I think the more recent ones are probably better for that. Probably. Maybe something like TESTAMENT or possibly one of the novelizations I did for Hammer. Although, if I remember correctly, KNIFE EDGE is relatively sex free... Have a look first and see what you think. Great to hear that your daughter shows promise as a writer. We all have to start somewhere. Give her plenty of encouragement (which I'm sure you do) and never forget to tell her that she should never listen to other opinions, she will find her own way and her own style. I wish her the best of luck. Many thanks for getting in touch Kevin.

Morning/afternoon/evening Shaun,
(Just covering all bases). Just wanted to say I'm a huge, huge fan (even though you support Liverpool; I'm Man Utd) and have been since the 80s. Absolutely love the sequel books your currently writing and cannot wait until the sequel for Erebus is released.
Have you any meet and greets/book signings lined up? and also is there any of your books penned for the silver screen? Any of the Sean Doyle books would be amazing.
Don't ever call it a day and keep up the excellent stories.
Many thanks
Geoff from sunny Wigan

Hi Geoff, I hope you're well and thanks for the kind words (even though you are a Man Utd fan..lol). It's weird that the older stuff really does lend itself to sequels and the EREBUS sequel is shaping up well.
I don't normally do signings etc. but signed copies will be available when the new books come out. First of these will be two volumes of short stories called INCISIONS CUT ONE and CUT TWO. Let me know what you think.
Penned for the sliver screen? I wish, Geoff, I wish... lol
If Doyle comes back again it might have to be in a bullet proof wheelchair but we'll see.
You take care up there in sunny Wigan. All the best.

Hi Shaun, hope you are well.
Just a quick one here. My hubby Dave, loves the "Turkish Delight" so we grabbed a four pack and took it home. He tore into one and his face hit the floor. 'Tastes bloody weird that' he groaned, checking the date.
He sacked it off and took it for his mate at work. Ste said 'ah nice one, never seen cherry flavored before!'
God, he's a pillock!
All the best for 2022,
Caz Bailey

Hi Caz... I hope you're well. Love that story. I'm still laughing. Take care.

First, thank you for all the great stories over the years! I've been reading your books since discovering them in the late '80s. (An interview in Chas. Balun's Deep Red magazine helped me keep up with your output in the '90s.) They used to be harder to find in the U.S. but now I'm finding them easier on ebooks and audio. (In fact, my public library offers them.)
I recently found a copy of the collection The Abduction, The Visitation and Come the Night and I loved all of them! Has Come the Night ever been published uncut? (You out-chainsawed Texas Chainsaw!!!)
I recently started the audio for Progeny and I'm loving it!
Keep them coming!
Best,
Robert Freese

Hi Robert, many thanks for the message and the kind words. Good to hear that you are still reading my stuff and that it's a bit easier to get on ebook or audio.
As you probably know, Come the Night (or Chainsaw Terror as it was originally) was done because the publishers couldn't get the rights to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was going to be the first of a trilogy i.e. Chainsaw Terror, Chainsaw Slaughter and Chainsaw Bloodbath but, when the first one was banned, the publishers dropped plans for the other two. Chainsaw Terror has never been published uncut. The nearest anyone got was when copies of the original manuscript were being sold from a bookshop in Birmingham!!! Caffeine Nights, my publishers, have been talking about doing an uncut version and possibly even a sequel so we'll see.
Let me know what you think of PROGENY when you've finished. I hope you like it. All the best.

Good Morning. I am a new writer and fan of your work. I would be honored if you would post a review of my First Novel. 'The Elevator' It is available on the Amazon kindle store.
Many Thanks in Advance
Kind Regards
Natalie Newton

Hi Natalie. Many congratulations on your novel. I'll have a look and, if I get the chance, I'll do you a review. Well done. I wish you all the best for the future with your writing. Take care.

Hello Shaun,
Long time no see. That may confuse you somewhat as we've never actually spoken or met before, sadly as the vicissitudes of life often send us on a tangent, often not of our own making, into different areas/interests, I've neglected to keep up with reading your excellent novels. I am more of a Horror buff than a Thriller reader so whereas I love your Horror output, I'm really not keen on the Thriller type novels - no offence. I used to devour your books on their release and collect them as a matter of principle, as I now have to much free time on my hands - I'm now 61, i don't work plus I've rediscovered my love for one of my once fave bands, Iron Maiden... Are you still a fan? I'm going back to the beginning and reading your works in publication order, looking forward to seeing all your books on my bookshelf as in a previous life.
Ok I think I've rumbled on for long enough but before I forget, your Shaun's Shit rant about Xmas in fact the entire page reminded me of myself, it's just how I feel about it and we must be on the same page in our misanthropy... Anywho, I wish you all the best and keep writing.
Your comments on (c)rap music and everything else related to it, in fact EVERYTHING you said is exactly what I think/say on a daily basis. It's not a plague/asteroid/zombies/climate change that will wipe out mankind, it's stupidity...
Once again thanks
Michael Rowe

Hi Michael, thanks for the message. If you don't like my thrillers, Michael that is your prerogative but I have never ever sat down to consciously write just “a thriller.” If there is less supernatural elements in a novel I suppose that does make it a thriller rather than horror but I always think the horror of physical violence (which I've never shied away from) changes things a bit. I suppose I just wanted to examine different things as I was writing. It just happens. Like you, I'm still a huge Iron Maiden fan. They are still awesome after all these years which is a hell of an achievement. Are we misanthropes, Michael? Lol Or are we just people who don't suffer fools gladly? I reckon it's the second one... But I would wouldn't I?
Enjoy re-reading my books and thank you for getting in touch.

Right you lot, that's it for another month. INCISIONS CUT ONE should be released soon but I'm not sure of a date yet.
CUT TWO will follow nearer Xmas. So, when you've read them, let me know what you think... And if you hate them, lie...